Considering children and health literacy: A theoretical approach

Dina L.G. Borzekowski

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The theoretical approaches of Paulo Freire, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky frame the consideration of children and health literacy. This article includes a general discussion of literacy from the Freirian perspective. A definition of health literacy is then presented; first, the established meaning is introduced, but then a Freirian extension is proposed. Next, the theories of cognitive development by Piaget and Vygotsky are discussed, and examples related to children's health literacy are given. Finally, there is a discussion of why it is important to encourage and enable health literacy among children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S282-S288
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Freire
  • Health literacy
  • Piaget
  • Vygotsky

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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